Timeline of gay marriage in the United States
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued rulings on two high-profile gay marriage cases. The court struck down a central part of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to a man and a woman, and also let stand a lower-court ruling throwing out California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
Following is a timeline of important events in the history of gay marriage in the United States.
- The modern gay liberation movement unofficially kicks off with the Stonewall Riots, demonstrations by gays in response to a police raid in New York City.
- The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that the law does not allow for same-sex marriage, and that the issue is different from interracial marriage.
- Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning gay marriage.